Featured Research

  • China's Foreign Aid and Government-Sponsored Investment Activities: Scale, Content, Destinations, and Implications

    Sep 18, 2013

    With the world's second largest economy, China has the capacity to engage in substantial programs of economic assistance and government-sponsored investments. Researchers assessed the scale, trends, and composition of these programs in 93 emerging-market countries.

  • Preparing for "Hybrid" Opponents: Israeli Experiences in Lebanon and Gaza

    Sep 18, 2013

    The experiences of the Israel Defense Forces against hybrid opponents — Hezbollah and Hamas — in the recent conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza will help the U.S. Army understand the capabilities that it and the joint force will require in the future.

  • U.S., Republic of Korea and Allies Should Prepare for Eventual Collapse of North Korean Government

    Sep 18, 2013

    Like the collapse of East Germany, the collapse of North Korea could occur suddenly and with little warning. But a North Korean collapse could be far more dangerous and disastrous than the actual collapse of East Germany, especially given the inadequate preparations for it.

  • The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

    Sep 18, 2013

    Increasingly, drugs no longer work in the war against microbes. This expert analysis of the science behind and policy implications of the battle against infectious diseases also highlights startling facts of the here-and-now problem we face about resistance to our current range of antimicrobial drugs.

  • Enhancing Civilian Agency Participation in Stability Operations

    Sep 18, 2013

    U.S. plans for stability operations emphasize a "whole of government" approach in which civilian and military agency efforts reflect a common U.S. strategy, but such an approach has been difficult to implement in practice. How can the Army assist in making key civilian agencies more capable partners in the planning and execution of stability, security, transition, and reconstruction (SSTR) operations?

  • Reintegration After Deployment: Supporting Citizen Warriors and Their Families

    Sep 17, 2013

    A RAND study of the challenges that reserve component service members and their families face after deployment and the factors that contribute to successful reintegration led to a series of recommendations for the U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Workforce Planning in the Intelligence Community

    Sep 16, 2013

    The chief human capital officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence made considerable headway in the past half decade in identifying community-wide workforce issues and identifying tools to facilitate more-effective workforce planning in the future.

  • A Cost Analysis of the U.S. Air Force Overseas Posture

    Sep 16, 2013

    While it does cost more to maintain force structures and installations overseas rather than in the United States, the total cost of doing so for the Air Force's current overseas posture is small relative to the Air Force's overall budget.

  • U.S. Debt Could Reduce U.S. Global Influence in the Future

    Sep 16, 2013

    The United States still has the economic muscle to shape important aspects of the international environment, but high government debt in the future may undermine its economic instruments of power and its ability to influence global conditions through nonmilitary means.

  • Requiring Vaccinations Among Health Care Personnel

    Sep 11, 2013

    California's influenza immunization requirement for health care personnel was too weak to encourage hospitals with low vaccination rates to improve. Hospitals with high vaccination rates were able to comply by simply maintaining current practices.

  • North Africa's Menace: AQIM's Evolution and the U.S. Policy Response

    Sep 10, 2013

    Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is an amorphous, resilient, and adaptive terrorist organization that has shown extraordinary staying power in the face of counterterrorism operations. The United States should not be the tip of the spear in efforts against AQIM, except in cases involving a direct and imminent threat to the U.S. homeland.

  • Emerging Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sep 9, 2013

    This dissertation explores the ramifications and the policy implications of infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa by "non-traditional" sources: the private sector and emerging countries, especially China.

  • Modeling Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies

    Sep 9, 2013

    Limiting climate change will require transformation of energy and other systems. A new model that uses Robust Decision Making tools enables decisionmakers to compare the long-term sustainability of alternative carbon emission reduction policies.

  • Improving Flood Risk Estimates and Mitigation Policies in Coastal Louisiana under Deep Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2013

    This dissertation consists of three essays that summarize the author's contributions to the study of flood risk in coastal Louisiana during and following its 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, an action-oriented plan consisting of over one hundred projects designed to minimize future land loss and flood risk while simultaneously considering negative impacts on fisheries and other ecosystem services.

  • Internet Freedom and Political Space

    Sep 5, 2013

    The Internet has become a new battleground between governments that censor online content and those who advocate freedom to browse, post, and share information online. What are the implications of Internet freedom for state-society relations in nondemocratic regimes?

  • Addressing the Obesity Epidemic Through Restaurant Standards

    Sep 5, 2013

    A set of common-sense guidelines discouraging restaurant serving practices that increase caloric consumption or undermine a nutritious diet could help combat America's obesity epidemic.

  • New Assessments, Better Instruction?

    Sep 3, 2013

    The role of tests will be enhanced by policies that ensure that they mirror high-quality instruction, are part of a larger, systemic change effort, and are accompanied by specific supports for teachers.

  • The Effect of Prospective Payment on Admission and Treatment Policy

    Sep 1, 2013

    Provider responses to the Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system were found to simultaneously reduce marginal reimbursement and increase average reimbursement.

  • Household Preparedness Is Not Enough: Assessing Community Readiness for Disasters

    Sep 1, 2013

    Measuring community preparedness and resilience is a challenge. A study of measures of partnership, self-sufficiency, and social connectedness, as well as gaps and opportunities in the measurement of community preparedness and resilience, found major limitations in existing data.

  • Planning Tool Supports Effort to Envision the Future of Coastal Louisiana

    Aug 30, 2013

    A computer-based decision-support tool, called the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Planning Tool, provided technical analysis that supported the development of Louisiana's 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast through CPRA and community-based deliberations.